Find a Good Book

Recommendation Lists

But first, a note about “lists”… We’re careful when putting recommended lists here about the value that people may put on lists. Please note that at the NIST Library, we think all reading is great and that there is no list of “best books” to suit every person, adult or child. We  see book lists as one of many resources for finding good books, and hope that as you browse these many resources, you keep your child’s interests in mind, you listen to what they want to read, and you share the joy of reading with them by modeling reading yourself, reading aloud to them (never stop this, even when they can read on their own!) and reading together.

EBSCO NoveList

Check out this huge database of fiction books paid for by the NIST Library. You can search books by title, author, series, plot and key words. You can check out which book comes next in a series, or find recommendation using the “books like this one” function, or by looking at the many genre recommendation lists. Included are titles for readers from ages 10-adult! (NIST Subscription Databases – Username: nistlibrary, Password: Bangkok)

Goodreads - Children Book Lists

Lots of lists including What Book Got You Hooked?, Best Series, What to Read After Harry Potter, Best Books for Reluctant Readers, and Best PIcture Books.

Goodreads - Teen Book Lists

Has all kinds of lists for teen books, including Best YA books, Most exciting Upcoming YA books, Best Teen Books About Real Problems, Best Series, and Hidden Gems.

Best Fiction for Young Adults

(US) YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12-18. (Official website)

Guys Read

This is a great website for boys and men. Established by author Jon Szieszka, the site’s mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. Search this site for lists of books recommended for guys, as well as ideas for starting a guys’ bookclub.

A Mighty Girl: Books

A Mighty Girl’s book section features over 2,000 girl-empowering books with over 200 book categories to explore.

Searching Online

What Should I Read Next?

This site will generate a list of related books and authors for titles you put into the search engine. There are more than 80,00 titles to choose from, and more than a million reader recommendations.


Sometimes what we want to read depends on the mood we’re in, so the creators of this site have come up with a website which will offer reading suggestions based on your mood, as well as on character, plot and/or setting preferences.  The book options are limited, but it’s an interesting way to search for a good book..

What's Next?

Helpful information about sequels and books in series, arranged by author or title.s.

Common Sense Media - Book Reviews

This is a good website for parents or for anyone who wants to know what a book is about and what age people tend to recommend it for. Also good for all other media (video, games, websites, etc)

The Book Seer: What Should I Read Next?

Read a great book and wondering what to read next? Ask the famous bookseer! A little interaction makes it appealing!

Literature Map

Enter an author’s name and similar authors will appear in proximity on the web created. Students like this one!

Reading Communities


On the Goodreads website, you can add books to your personal bookshelf, rate and review books, see what your friends are reading, participate in discussion boards and groups on a variety of topics, and get suggestions for future reading choices based on your reviews of previously read books.

Library Thing

Similar to GoodReads and Shelfari, this is a site for serious book lovers. You can create a profile, add books to your virtual library, rate them and write reviews, and see what your friends are reading. They also have a large catalog, online discussion groups and a message board for active reading participation.


A book sharing community just for children! Students can connect with friends, parents, and teachers to share and recommend their favorite books. They can set up virtual bookshelves, catalogue books, and keep a virtual reading log.